I spent the weekend at one of the Island Club "homes" in mid August as part of a bachelorette group of 18. We were given 2 homes across the street from each other, which was convenient, but one house was definitely in better shape than the other. It worked out to about $1,000 a night for a 3 bedroom home. That's pricey, considering I rented a beautiful 3 bedroom home on the beach in Santa Barbara for 4 days for that same price... with a hot tub. So, I had assumed (incorrectly) that the price must reflect the quality of the place. The first red flag was when we were told that we needed to bring our own towels and linens for the beds. As an adult woman without kids, I don't have a habit of keeping twin bed sheets around, so this meant I had to bring a sleeping bag. Good start.
So I arrive later the house than the rest of the group, but I am told that I will be sleeping in the master bedroom (score!), but that I will be sharing the bedroom with 2 other girls (fail!). Apparently this was still the best option, because the bunk bed rooms were packed so tightly with bodies, you'd be fighting for oxygen at night.
Enough about the size, let's talk about the condition. Almost ever dining chair was torn or badly stained, the carpet was gross and I wouldn't recommend walking on it barefoot(or even in socks). For some reason, the kitchen sink was filled with about 50 bugs, even though there weren't any dishes and it had (presumably) just been cleaned. My sleeping bag was still damp (I had to wash it because it had been packed away) so I thought I would just pop it into the clothes dryer. I opened the door.... more bugs. No thanks.
As someone else had mentioned, the fake wood laminate paper was peeling off of all the doors. Not just small tears, but in sheets. The master bathroom had a skylight(kinda cool?) but it obviously had leakage issues because there was black mold all over the bottom of the ceiling. The most troubling thing about the bathroom though was the lack of hand soap. Neither bathroom nor the kitchen had any hand soap. For $1,000 a night, you think you could offer up a bar of soap.
All in all, I wish I had known this place was going to more like camping out and less like staying in a rental house/hotel. Maybe it would have been great when I was 21 and could sleep on the floor, but even then, I don't think I would have been able to afford it. Go with a hotel in town if you are in Put In Bay.
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- Island Club Rentals has been proudly serving Put-in-Bay and the Lake Erie Islands for nearly 20 years with rental home assistance. Great pride and joy is taken in fully assisting our guests in finding the best vacation home accommodations for their friends and family. We are dedicated to ensuring our Put in Bay guests will be at ease during the planning of their trip. Our experience and vacation home rental expertise will ensure that you and yours will have an amazing vacation on the Crown Jewel of Lake Erie, Put-in-Bay! ... more less
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